December Diary

December is undoubtedly the busiest month of the year.  With so many friends and family to fit in before Christmas I tend to run my diary like clockwork. I’m an obsessive planner so actually this month isn’t too different from the other 11, but I’m worried I might actually be taking things too far… I have 3 suppers in a week until the end of January, and then there’s weekends; again the main focus of these will, inevitably, be food and drink but I’ve also got some other outings planned.

 

Birthday celebrations:

ed05762a2db113d02662dfa8f07461acLot’s of my friends have birthday’s in December so when I’m not at work or busy doing the below, I’ll probably be in a pub somewhere in London. If you can’t let go at Christmas, when can you?!

Le Chalet, Selfridges:

840e148ad3f5f23c4a1b8cef2737636cIn the run up to Christmas work has been mad and I’ve fallen majorly behind on reading up on what’s going on in London. Luckily, a friend of mine told me about her trip to Le Chalet, by Q Grill, a pop up restaurant on the roof at Selfridges. I owed one of my best friends a birthday treat so I’m taking her. I have high expectations… not only does the food have to impress, but I want spectacular views and hope to leave feeling considerably more Christmassy then I do when I arrive.

Ping Pong:

bbaa8e75242bb7dea72aeb2ebfc2e482I LOVE Asian food and people are always recommending Ping Pong so I was very excited to be tasked with organising our team Christmas supper. Wanting to cross another restaurant of my LONG bucket list of places to visit, I chose Ping Pong.

A trip to Bath:

IMG_0757I recently wrote a blog post for work about the best Christmas markets to visit in the UK; Bath was ranked highly so I am going to be heading to the Christmas markets where I’ll be sipping on mulled wine before heading to the Bath Vs. Montpellier rugby match. I’ve grown up in a very sporty family, my dad and brother are obsessed! As a child I hated being dragged along to rugby and cricket matches, but now I love sports so am always excited to be told there is a ticket going spare. My dad has plans to take us to his favourite Gin bar (assuming we are celebrating).

A trip to the airport:

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 21.35.40My gorgeous little sister has been a gap student in Kenya for the last 4 months. The countdown is finally on until she comes home and I can’t wait.

Work Christmas Party:

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 21.35.04Work parties are always funny ones… you can never fully let you hair down but luckily I have a great team so I’m sure we will have a great time.

Breakfast at The Delaunay:

b1226a0d6eeb759fe8d9d3245e9579ecI wanted to treat my favourite girls to a special day in London, just in case I’m not feeling Christmassy enough after the above! I’m taking my Granny, Mum and Sister to the renowned Delaunay for brunch, fuel for a long day of festivities. Brunch is one of my favourite meals but I’ve never been to the restaurant so excited would be an understatement.

Winter Wonderland:

2af27a6528f643bc3310f8583e5b001eChristmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to Winter Wonderland. I’m a total adrenaline junkie so you’ll probably find me being flung around in some fair ride, or eating a hot dog (my guilty pleasure)!

Home time:

IMG_0236I will be heading back to Oxford for Christmas nesting with my nearest and dearest. I can’t wait for 5 days in front of a roaring fire and 5 nights in my own bed!!

A trip to the country:

3ff8cab0a2d8e20cb52146bda2ca2e41For the last few years I’ve hosted new year at my house so I’m very excited to be going away this year. I won’t have to plan or cook anything! I always love a long, fresh walk on New Year ’s Day to cure a hangover. I can’t think of a more beautiful place to walk than the rolling hills of Gloucestershire.

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Mondays are for dreaming

Mondays are for dreaming; dreaming of the end of the day, bed time, weekends (past and future) and for me, as ever, new wardrobe additions. Today my dreams are full of Stradivarious, which was my FAVOURITE shop when I was younger and lived in Spain. I’m going back their this weekend so though I would embrace Spanish ‘moda’. #mondaysarefordreaming

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Stradavarious overcoat

Stradarious

The Fault in our stars – Review

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Cancer is such a nasty illness and it affects far too many people. In the last year, it came very close to home. I lost my Grandpa a few months ago. When I heard about The Fault in Our Stars I was desperate to read it, and read it I did… in one sitting. I loved it. It’s a really easy read for any ages and stages. The story is a wonderful one and it’s brilliantly written but my favourite bits were some of the beautiful collection of ‘truths’. Here are my favourites:

My thoughts are like stars I can’t fathoms into constellations.

And in the end we can blame the stars or tell ourselves that it wasn’t meant to be, that it wasn’t destines to happen but deep down we know that the stars are not at fault and it wasn’t “meant to be”. The fault was in ourselves.

You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this word. But you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

The film adaptation came out a few months ago so I wanted to see how it compared to the book. They’re very similar so the film offered no surprises but did a beautiful story justice, in full – it’s definitely worth a watch.

East Street Kitchen – Review

Located just around the corner from Tottenham Court Road, on Rathbone place it is both easy to get too and a pleasure to visit. The bright décor and vibrant atmosphere instantly transport you to the bustling streets of Asia.

With a selection of dishes from around the continent from Singapore to Cambodia, it was impossible to make a choice. I recommend going in a big group and getting a selection to share. As there were only two of us, I ate the Pad Thai, one of my favourites and this was a good one.

The service was quick and friendly, we were instantly served some red bush tea, not one I will rush to try again but a lovely gesture. If you are ever in Soho and fancy a quick and easy bite to eat, I can’t recommend this gem high enough. You will probably see me there.

Visit East Street Kitchen: East Street Restaurant, 3-5 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HJ

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Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me I’m a model.

I love TedTalks. I strongly recommend watching this short talk. It tells a lot of truths about the modelling and fashion business but what really struck a cord with me is a statement that I feel is true for each and every one of us; “being fearless means being honest”.

Pictures are not pictures of the person, they are constructions by photographers, stylists, make up artists, pre prediction and post production.

The Rum Kitchen – Review

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I live in a house of foodies so discussions around where to eat next are never boring. One of my homies, a talented drinker, was determined that The Rum Kitchen would be our next outing and I obliged, happily. I had heard a lot about this place, and had high expectations so was eager to see what it was all about.

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Without thinking about where we were, we ordered a bottle of wine on arrival and scanned the small but attractive menu. The Jerk Chicken Wings were just what I felt like and I have thought about them on many occasions since… so tender and juicy I can’t tell you! Around the table, we also ordered the Soft Shell Crab Burger, Sticky BBQ Ribs and Tuna Rainbow Salad, all equally good. The food was great but what really made the is place stand out was the atmosphere, even on a Wednesday night it was buzzing. I can’t wait to go back on a weekend.

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In our merriment I forgot to take photos, always a sign of a good night. So, photos are stolen from @therumkitchen.

Euphoria (kinda)

There are never enough hours in the day so when work permits, I like to take a bit of time to do my own thing. If I’m not out shopping, I try and either get on Pinterest or browse my favourite sites; Business of Fashion, SheerLuxe and Stylist.com. Today was a good day because I read the recipe that dreams are made of. Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glasses. Anyone who knows me even vaguely will appreciate what this means for me. You see, marshmallows are to me what I vintage bottle of wine is to most. Heavenly. And toasted marshmallows + baileys = a step beyond the pearly gates of heaven. Euphoria.